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Secure Your Network

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Security

As technology becomes more intertwined with our daily lives, the “bad guys” will continue to find vulnerabilities and gain access to private accounts and data. Because of this, it is important to secure your network and data. A best practice is to implement multiple security measures to minimize potential threats. Antivirus programs, virtual private networks (VPNs), and complex passwords are …

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Leaked Data and Targeted Attacks

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Security

How can leaked data cause a targeted attack? Have you ever wondered why you got a suspicious email from a bank where you have an account? How about the emails about needing to change a password for a service? Let’s not forget the calls to your cell about your power being cut off or your computer being hacked. The information …

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Security Concerns for Personal Devices in the Workplace (BYOD)

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Security Planning, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Uncategorized

We first addressed personal devices in the workplace back in 2018. That seems like such a long time ago now. With record numbers of employees now working from home due to COVID, how should we think about personal devices in the workplace? What are some of the security concerns that you should address? When work occurs on personal devices, how …

Technology in My Divorce

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics, Mobile Forensics

The standard issues involved with a divorce or separation are most often very difficult. In the past decade I have seen these difficult situations made even more difficult because of technology. Text messages, emails, smartphones, and other technology are relevant in many of the cases we see. As computer forensics consultants, we are asked to check computers for keylogging software …

Computer Forensics: What is metadata?

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics

What is metadata and why is it important in a computer forensics investigation? A brief definition or explanation of metadata is “data about data.” What does that exactly mean? Data is the file. Data is the Word document, the Excel document, or any other user-created document on the computer. Meta is information about that document. This can include where it’s …

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Two-Factor Authentication

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics

What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication is a second level of authentication for you the user to be able to access your account. The first level of authentication is your user ID and password. What that means is that anybody with your user ID and password can log into your web-based accounts whether it’s your email account, Office 365, your …

Remote Work Involves These 3 Cyber Security Risks

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE News

A recent online Forbes article written by Carrie Rubinstein pointed out 3 Cyber Security Risks created by employees working remotely. Prior to COVID-19, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified that approximately 29 percent of Americans were able to work remotely. As a result of the implementation of safety measures related to COVID-19, employers are requiring more of their staff to …

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Remote Monitoring Software and COVID-19

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE News, Security Policy and Procedure Development

We find ourselves in very unique times. As of April 3, 2020, there are 311 million people in at least 41 states, three counties, eight cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico being urged to stay home. This rapid change has put many employers in a position to allow employees to work from home. Because of that, employers are …

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Phishing Scams and SMShishing Scams

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics, Mobile Forensics

In today’s technology-based world, phishing email scams have become commonplace. Whether simple or complex these scams are often effective. Both companies and individuals fall victim to phishing scams leading to the loss of billions of dollars annually. Phishing scams typically involves a cybercriminal impersonating a legitimate company or individual. They attempt to gain access to personal or private information such …

Digital Delinquency: How to Respond to Employee Data Theft, Cyberbullying, and More

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Computer Forensics, Intellectual Property, Mobile Forensics, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

Employers today are armed with more technology than ever before—with state-of-the art tools that improve productivity, enhance communication, and ultimately help to boost our bottom lines. But the more we rely on digital tools to create, store, and share data, the more vulnerable we become to employee digital data theft. Similarly, digital methods of communication can often open the door …